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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has publicly called out the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal.

The Argentina international has reacted after the sporting director appeared to blame the Barca players for the sacking of manager Ernesto Valverde, calling for the former defender to take responsibility for his actions.

Abidal stated that the players were not happy under Valverde, and had not been working hard enough before he was sacked and replaced by Quique Setien in January.

The Catalan club were top of La Liga when they decided to part ways with Valverde, and Abidal’s comments have not gone down well with Messi.

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Abidal said that: “lots of players were not satisfied [with Valverde] and nor did they work a lot.

“There was also an issue of internal communication. The relationship manager-dressing room has always been good but there are things, as a former player, I can smell. I told the club what I thought and that a decision had to be made.”

Following the comments, Messi took to Instagram, denying that Valverde’s sacking was the players’ responsibility – with the Spanish media dubbing them ‘Chaos FC’.

“Honestly, I don’t like doing these things but I think that everyone has to be responsible for his acts and take responsibility for their own decisions,” Messi wrote.

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“The players [are responsible for] what happens on the pitch, and we have been the first to recognise when we were not good. The people in the sporting directorate should also assume their responsibility and above all take ownership of the decisions they make.

“Finally, I think that when players are talked about, names should be given because, if not, we are all being dirtied and it feeds comments that are made and are not true.”

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